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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

31 August 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and all the Staff of the National Portrait Gallery mourn the loss of our Founding Patron, who died peacefully in Melbourne this morning. He was 94.

Barry Humphries

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
General content

Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

Gordon and Marilyn Darling interview

General content

Gordon and Marilyn Darling talk about the origins of the National Portrait Gallery and some of their favourite portraits.

Gordon Darling Hall

Gordon Darling Hall

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Just inside the entrance, the Hall has a soaring ceiling and plenty of natural light.

Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Honour board

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges and thanks all its supporters.

Cocktail reception

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We can provide a stunning, sophisticated space for your cocktail reception.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Call for entries
Prizes and awards

The Darling Portrait Prize is a national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

National Portrait Gallery announces Darling Portrait Prize

3 March 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery is thrilled to announce the establishment of a new national portrait painting prize, to be known as the National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize.

Lunch or dinner

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Along with a meal in an elegant space, your guests may also enjoy portraits of notable Australians.

Wedding

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Allow us to paint the possibilities of your wedding reception.

Artist Jiawei Shen with Ros Murphy – daughter of benefactor, Mary Murphy. In front of Jiawei’s Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark commissioned with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy 2005.

Opportunities for support

Support your Portrait Gallery

Donations of all sizes play a vital role in supporting the development of the collection, exhibitions, access and learning programs, and resources in print and online.

Sid Myer AM

Foundation Members

Foundation

Chairman Mr Sid Myer AM, Mrs Marilyn Darling AC, Mr Tim Fairfax AC, Mr John Liangis, Dr Helen Nugent AO, Mr Ross Adler AC, Mr Tim Bednall and Nigel Satterley AM.

Terrace Room 2

Terrace Room Two

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The eastern side of the Terrace Room is perfect for a breakfast or lunch, workshop or planning day.

Terrace Room One

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The western side of the Terrace Room is perfect for a breakfast or lunch, a workshop or planning day.

Elizabeth

The National Portrait Prizes

29 January 2020
Media

The National Portrait Gallery today announced finalists for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, a national new $75,000 prize for Australian portrait painting, and released selected images from the final prize pool for the popular National Photography Portrait Prize.

Terrace Room

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The Terrace Room opens onto a north facing, outdoor heated terrace with lovely views.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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